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Distance Learning-Math 090
Dr. E. Fitt
Bucks County Community College
Distance Learning is not for everyone
You must be self-motivated!
You should be able to access the Internet.
You should be willing to spend time on
learning course material.
For students who possess these qualities, welcome
to the world of distance-learning where you can
learn at your own pace in your own time frame and
your own space. The advantages are infinite.
How to succeed at distance-learning algebra
Do one section at a time.
Allow 2 hours per section.
• Read the text section and follow the examples. Keep a
notebook and write out any definitions, rules or formulas.
Be sure to understand the symbols used.
• Do the corresponding Try-It-Yourself problem for each
• Watch the video lesson on CourseCompass. Use pencil and
paper and follow the lesson as you would in a class. Take
notes! Rewind or fast forward if you need to.
Where to find specifics
Refer to the Basic Course Information sheet for more specific information
Use the assignment sheet as a guideline for problems. The best way to
learn math is to do problems.
You will find online homework for each section in CourseCompass.
Online homework will count equal to one grade.
Take the quizzes at intervals indicated on the assignment sheet. (first do a
practice quiz). Take the first quiz early. It contain material you already
know. It will help you get acquainted with the online quiz taking.
Check your email often for messages. Stay in contact with me. Let me
know how you are progressing.
1. Attempt the section problems from the text listed on
your assignment sheet. Check your answers, and see
if you can fix the incorrect ones.
2. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions when
you are confused. Your questions will help others in
the class as well. In the subject space, include the
name of your course (i.e. MATH 090.EA5). Please
include your full name.
3. Help is available in the Tutoring Center in the
Library.You can go there or call 215-968-8217 or
215-968-8307 during hours it is open.
When you finish a section
1. Repeat steps given for all the listed sections in
2. Also do the assigned homework problems in
3. Repeat for all sections for each chapter quiz.
4. Try the practice quiz. If you are not happy with
the results of the practice quiz, watch the
videos, do more problems or get help. When
you feel ready, take the chapter quiz.
When you are ready for a test
1. For this course there 5 online chapter quizzes, online
homework, 5 online proctored tests, and a proctored
final exam. Go to a testing center to take the proctored
tests. Check on available times and give yourself
sufficient time to comfortably do the test.
2. Take the test online and turn and work in to your
proctor. I will look at your work, grade your test and
enter your grade in the CourseCompass grade book.
3. Deadlines are flexible but pay attention to them so
you will stay on track.
CourseCompass is the Internet management
system you will use in this course.
You will take quizzes, do homework, watch
videos, have access to course correspondences
and access the student solution manual
You will need to register into your section if
you haven’t done so already. Go to the next
slide for instructions.
Registering for Course Compass
You need an individual access code.
Access codes are packaged free with new
texts or can be bought over the Internet with a
credit card. The code will be sent immediately.
The course code for October 2009 modular is
The text is Prealgebra, 5th edition by Martin-
Register for CourseCompass
Go to http://www.coursecompass.com
Registration is only
Done one time
Be sure your email address is
The course ID for October 2009
Modular is fitt78982
You need an individual access
code. It is packaged free with new
texts or can be bought at this time.
The code will be sent by email.
If you used
another course, just
Bucks County Community College zip is 18940
Once you have registered, go into
CourseCompass. Your first step is to run the
MyMathLab Installation Wizard. The
wizard walks you through installing the plug-
ins and players you need to access the
multimedia content in your course.
Be sure that you allow popups on the site. CourseCompass must
be designated as a trusted site.
Obtain the course textbook Prealgebra, 5th ed. by Martin-Gay. A
new text is packaged with the access code.
Access CourseCompass and sign on . Be sure the email address you
give is correct.
Download the plug-Ins necessary to use your Internet tool.
Allow popups for the CourseCompass site
Explore CourseCompass to locate materials
Do the first homework assignment online. Take the first practice
quiz with CourseCompass
Print out the Assignment sheet from Dr. Fitt’s Web Page or from
Send an email to Dr. Fitt at email@example.com with any questions
about the class.
Begin to work on reading the text, following the examples and
doing the assigned problems.